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The FY 2022 Holiday Schedule has been posted by the Office of Talent & Innovation. The number of annual holidays a state…

A vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Windows print spooler, which helps your computer interact with printers and orders the print jobs in your queue, was reported July 1. The vulnerability could potentially have allowed attackers to remotely execute code with system-level privileges, so printing to the network printer fleet in the UT System Building was disabled at that time. Microsoft issued a security patch to address the vulnerability on July 7. After working through the night to install the update, OTIS was able to restore printing in the UT System Building.

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Users of the business and employment-oriented online service LinkedIn should be aware that the personal profiles of up to 1 billion users have been made available on the underground online market place, also referred to as the dark web.

The database includes full names, email addresses, workplace information, and other data points the account owners publicly listed on their LinkedIn profiles.

While not highly sensitive, the data could still be used by cyber criminals to stage attacks against users and business organizations who they see as affluent and potentially…

There have been reports of employees receiving phone calls from numbers "spoofing" the UT System Administration area code and exchanges.

Phone number spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Criminals often use phone call spoofing so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust. If you answer, they use social engineering to try to steal your personal information, which can be used in…

When you think of words to describe security awareness training, "entertaining" is probably not first.  The UT System Office of Information Security is working to change that with a new platform provided by KnowBe4 that offers content that is relevant, engaging and (dare we say it?) fun!  

The Cyber Smart! training campaign kicks off with a few episodes from some popular KnowBe4 series, as well as videos and games that reinforce the importance of security practices and how to keep UT System Administration and personal data and systems safe.

Each training item an…

The UT System Information Security Office (ISO) will be updating the phish alert button in Outlook during Phish Alert Button Imagethe evening of Wednesday, May 5. As part of this process, ISO staff will remove the existing phish alert button and replace it with an updated button.

The button will not look new to some System Administration employees, but others have a different version or are missing the button will now have the same ability to report…

The UT System OTIS staff will be implementing Microsoft Safe Links to add another layer of protection to System Administration email. Safe Links re-writes links in email messages to apply protection when a link is clicked. If a link is determined to be harmful or suspicious, Microsoft blocks access to that link.

The feature applies to UT System email accessed using Outlook, whether using Outlook online or via the desktop/mobile application. Users will not immediately notice any changes for most email messages. Links will look like they usually do, but the hotlink will point to a…

Please join the UT System Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Talent and Innovation on Monday, November 9, at 12 p.m. on Zoom for a conversation with Jesse Byrd, an NPR Foundation board member and award-winning writer and editor.

A former Silicon Valley techie who once worked for Google, Byrd pivoted to pursue his true passion for creating stories. His books have won four competitions worldwide and he is currently working with NBA athletes, major publishers and global nonprofits to develop original stories for young readers. During the Block 82 event, Byrd will break down…

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The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) offers an easy and convenient way for state employees to contribute to charitable organizations through payroll deduction. Visit the UT System Administration's Online Giving Portal to learn more about SECC, Capital Area Charities…

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and to celebrate, the UT System Administration Information Security Office is holding its first annual Phishing Tournament.

  • Each week one or more phishing lures will be delivered to UT System Administration email inboxes.
  • Spot the phishing email and report it to…

Effective with the work week beginning August 3, 2020, all UT System Administration timesheets will be submitted and approved directly in PeopleSoft rather than through the Employee Timesheet System (ETS). After taking the following actions, UT System Administration employees and managers will no longer use the ETS: 

  • Employees must submit all timesheets through the week of 7/27 in ETS by Monday, August 3.
  • Managers must approve all timesheets in ETS by Tuesday, August 4.

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The Office of Talent and Innovation has…

The Office of Talent and Innovation will be holding demo sessions on how to navigate the new My UT Benefits user experience for open enrollment.  Learn how to easily enroll in  benefits for the upcoming plan year by attending a demo session or following the guide provided:

Beginning June 15, more System Administration staff will return to the UT System Building to continue to serve and support UT institutions and the people of Texas. This guide for returning to the workplace outlines practices and protocol to promote a healthy and safe environment as more employees and tenants return to working in the building.

To offer UT System employees greater peace of mind regarding the security of their mobile devices, the Office of Information Security is turning on a feature in the Duo two-factor authentication app called Security Checkup. This feature checks the security settings of the mobile device and recommends updates to make the phone more secure if needed. If there are no security issues, no messages or recommendations appear. Employees who choose not to make any recommended security updates will not be prevented from accessing UT System information resources.

Additional information is…

The FY 2021 Holiday Schedule has been posted by the Office of Talent & Innovation. The number of holidays for all state agencies and institutions of higher education is set by the Texas Legislature, although higher education institutions have flexibility in determining the actual days within that number. The FY 2021 schedule includes 13 designated holidays plus 1 floating holiday (14 total).

The number of holidays each year is determined by where the various national and state holidays fall during the calendar…

The UT System Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Talent and Innovation invite you to a conversation with Dr. Livia Eberlin, an award-winning UT Austin scientist and inventor, on Monday, March 9, 12-1 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room. An assistant professor in UT Austin's Department of Chemistry, Eberlin's awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship--the so-called "genius grant"--for her research on the use of mass spectrometry to detect cancerous tissue. She will be joined by one of her graduate students, Kyana Garza.

  • Hear about Dr. Eberlin's invention that was…

Know a UT undergraduate student who is looking for meaningful summer work experience? The Office of Talent & Innovation is launching a new UT System Internship Program  pilot for Summer 2020. The paid 11-week program will provide students enrolled at any UT System institution with an opportunity to explore career options and obtain hands-on work experience in a professional setting. The summer intern cohort (10-15 interns) will take part in a robust professional development curriculum, with mentoring and regular feedback from supervisors to facilitate professional growth. 

The…

PeopleSoft now has a new look and feel. The software was recently updated with a new user interface known as FLUID that easily adapts to a desktop, tablet or phone. The home page, Employee Self-Service, provides quick access to Personal Details, Time & Attendance, Payroll & Compensation and Benefits Summary. Managers also have access to a new Manager Self-Service page that includes My Team, Pending Approvals and Team Time & Attendance. With FLUID, users may customize these pages and create their own personal page.

For more…

For most of us, it’s rare to write a check. Online payments save time and reduce risks and resources. Now UT System Building employees and tenants can pay online for replacement ID badges, replacement parking permits and wellness locker rentals. The Office of the Controller developed a Make a Payment Portal that will allow payments via credit card.

  1. Access the Make a Payment Portal
  2. Select ID Badge, Parking Permit or…

The UT System Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Talent and Innovation welcome you on Monday, December 9, at 12 p.m. to a conversation with award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raj Patel. Join us to:

  • See a sneak peak of his upcoming documentary, Generation Food
  • Experience examples of small communities having a significant impact on large societal challenges
  • Hear Raj Patel’s unique story and why he’s an advocate for change

In addition to his work as a research professor in the LBJ…